The September HBC Board meeting was held on August 31st. The club’s finances remain steady, with a healthy cash reserve combined with new and ongoing memberships. As summer winds down, we are now turning our attention to autumn activities. It looks like there will continue to be a nice variety of Self-Paced rides. Remember that autumn is often the best time of the year to ride! Right now, I see the largest variety of rides posted since the beginning of Self-Paced Rides. When you visit the Ride Calendar, you will see that the ALS ride is open for registration. This was one of my favorite rides in 2019, and I’m happy to see that it has been madeavailable again this year.
Ride Leaders have created at least 50 Self-Paced rides over the spring and summer, which have been ridden at least 500 times. By the way, this year’s awards will be based on the number of Self-Paced rides a member completes (we’re thinking it will be around 20). For Ride Leaders, the award will be basedon the number of rides created and posted. Final details are pending.
Self-Paced rides are a unique benefit created by HBC that are not being offered by other bike clubs. This leads me to thinking about the other benefits we enjoy as HBC members. One benefit is the Ride with GPS membership. The annual membership fee is FREE to HBC members. Joining on your own is $50-80/year. Considering that the annual HBC membership is $25 (or $35 for a family), that’s a pretty good deal (spread the word!) As you know, HBC uses RwGPS not only for Self-Paced rides, but also for our Route Library. I just tooka look at the Route Library, and see that it has been in use since 2016. That’s a lot of routes for you to consider beyond the current Ride Calendar offerings.
The Board has decided to hold a Virtual Annual Meeting on November 8th, 2020. Details will follow closer to the event. If you have expertise and/or an interest in helping design the meeting, please let me know. Likewise, if you have an interest in serving on any of our committees, we would welcome you.
Lastly, please indulge me for a moment of reflection about the beauty of biking. A few weeks ago, I volunteered as a support person for the 1200-km Iron Porcupine, a randonneuring event organized by Michele Brougher and held in the U.P. of Michigan. For those who are unfamiliar with randonneuring, these are long-distance biking events held over several days. I was struck by a few things during that time: while I was much happier handing out water than riding 200+ miles a day (for 4 DAYS), the people who DO enjoy that are some of the nicest, interesting, and, yes, most normal people around. Most importantly, though, is the reminder that once you get on your bike, there is such a diversity of ways to find joy. Hopefully HBC has helped you find diversity and joy as well.